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October 30, 1926

THE PHYSICIAN OF THE FUTURE

JAMA. 1926;87(18):1481-1482. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680180053017

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Abstract

In the midst of the present social upheaval, one may well wonder the position physicians will eventually occupy in the cosmic scheme. Intelligent observers inform us that the answer depends entirely on our own conduct—the mass conduct inherent in intelligent organization. If physicians are to assume that leadership essential to sane medical progress, they must evolve an outline of purposes, a constructive forward-looking program of things to be done, of channels through which cooperation must flow toward their leadership. This constructive program must be so wisely planned and so faithfully followed by all worth-while physicians that at least the intelligent element of public opinion will go with it.

Individually, physicians are in better position than at any previous time, and there is nothing in sight to indicate a serious disturbance of mutually beneficial relationship between the adequately educated intelligent physician and his intelligent client who chooses his health adviser and

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